Somewhere between a sweet granola bar and a peanut butter cookie, these Peanut Butter Fingers play on the beloved combination of peanut butter and rich dark chocolate. We call for a good amount of salt inside the dough and also a sprinkling of flaky sea salt over the warm chocolate spread on top of the bars—all to make a complex sweet and salty combination that keeps you coming back for another bite.With a chewy texture and plenty of crunch from the chopped peanuts atop these rich bars, their oat-y savoriness compliments the sweetness from the brown sugar and vanilla. Taking less than half an hour of hands-on time, this is a treat that can be whipped up in a flash, satisfying both adults and kids alike with its chocolatey peanut butter goodness. We recommend eating the bars with a glass of cold milk for optimal enjoyment.

Southern Living


Credit: Micah Leal

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25 mins
1 hr 20 mins
12 bars


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  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a metal 9- x 13-inch baking pan with cooking spray. Line the bottom with a fitted rectangle of parchment paper. Set aside.

  • In a bowl, stir together flour, kosher salt, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter, brown sugar, and granulated sugar until lightened in color, about 3 minutes. Add egg, yolk, and vanilla. Beat on medium-high until fluffy and fully combined, about 4 minutes. Scrape down sides of bowl, add peanut butter, and mix for 1 minute to combine. Add flour mixture and incorporate on low until fully combined. Add oats and mix to combine.

  • Spread dough evenly in prepared baking pan. Bake until the edges have slightly browned and a toothpick inserted comes out clean, about 22 minutes. Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle surface with chopped chocolate. Allow to sit for 2 minutes before using a spatula or spoon to spread melted chocolate evenly across surface. Sprinkle chopped peanuts and flaky salt across melted chocolate. Refrigerate until chocolate has set and bars have cooled, about 30 minutes. Cut 4 long horizontal rows and 3 short vertical rows and use an offset spatula to remove the Peanut Butter Fingers from the pan.